In keeping with our vision to produce seafarers par excellence and industry leaders in the maritime domain, LJM Maritime Academy (LJMMA) introduced the maritime profession to young
Bahamians through its annual Maritime Summer Camp. The three weeks long camp ran from 27 June – 16 July 2016, and concluded with the graduation of 51 campers and an Open House for parents and visitors.
8th and 9th grade students from schools all over New Providence, not only learnt tips from professional mariners, but participated in fun team building activities and had great experiences like going on field trips to the Port, walking through a scaled ship model, steering ships on Full Mission Bridge Simulator, working with hand tools and learning tips on surviva
l at sea. Further, they were exposed to Nautical Sciences, strengthened their team building knowledge and skills through various activities and revisited concepts in Math, English and Geography.
The MSC is an annual event, so young people interested in the maritime field should plan to join us at LJMMA next summer. Individuals or groups interested in visiting the LJM Maritime Campus may contact the Academy to arrange a tour.
LJM Maritime Academy is a tertiary level maritime training institution offering approved Cadet Officer and Ratings Watch programmes. In addition, Basic and other STCW courses are offered for persons considering a maritime career, or for seafarers who are already in the career and require recertification.
In a world where the view of technical education is shifting, The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) and LJM Maritime Academy (LJMMA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for further training and skill development of their students and faculty.
LJMMA is a Bahamian maritime training institution which offers internationally recognized certifications in the maritime field and preparation for long-term job placement on international vessels and shore-based enterprises. BTVI is the premier technical and vocational institution in The Bahamas.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was signed by President of BTVI, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, and President of LJMMA, Dr. Brendamae Cleare, took effect on July 13, 2016.
The move aims at cooperation in areas such as academics, funding and research. It also promotes exchange among faculty and students.
This MoU which will remain operational for an initial period of five years, with renewal possibilities every three years thereafter, will see cooperation in other areas such as sharing of facilities.
BTVI’s Dean of Construction Trades and Workforce Development, Alexander Darville, indicated that this partnership “gives our students an opportunity for employment. They can tap into the maritime industry.” He went on to say that, “it broadens BTVI’s offerings… because of this MoU we can now offer maritime related courses.”
LJMMA’s President, Dr. Brendamae Cleare expressed that, “it’s about the youth of The Bahamas and educating them… with the marrying of these institutions, we are able to give them greater job opportunities aboard vessels.”
This collaboration coincides with BTVI’s mission which is, “To provide learning opportunities that enable individuals to be globally competitive and economically independent.”